Travel has always been central to human history, but mass tourism and the leisure industry is a more recent development. Global tourism is on the rise: tourists and tourist spaces abound, and the tourist industry has become the world┐s largest. The rapid growth of tourism has been a mixed bag; while it has been an economic boon and encouraged certain types of cultural preservation, it has also brought negative effects, promoting dependency, environmental degradation, and commodification of cultures. Tourism is key to the process of globalization, and therefore offers a forceful entry point to exploring where globalization is taking us. This course will explore tourism not only as an important human activity and industry, but also as a means to understand of the complex relationship between globalization and culture.
COURSE FORMAT: Discussion
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS SOC Grading Mode: Graded
Prerequisites: SOC151 OR SOC152
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
Copyright Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 06459